Yugo Kohrogi "Balm"


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Yugo Kohrogi "Balm"

Mar 9 (sat) - 30 (sat), 2024
12:00-19:00 (sun -17:00)
Closed on mon, tue, Mar 15 (fri) - 17 (sun)
Yoshimi Arts
Cooperation | MAISON LEXIA Inc.


Yoshimi Arts is pleased to present “Balm”, a solo exhibition by Yugo Kohrogi.

Through the physical act of “drawing”, humans have expressed the inexpressible. In the millennia-long history of art, detached from the complexity of language, the imagination inside us has created various things. It seems that what is borne from imagination stems from the inexplicable as it emerges from the unconscious depths of the human mind.

Kohrogi studied oil painting as an undergraduate, and followed this with graduate studies in printmaking. Since then, he has been moving his home and studio to different locations, including Kumamoto, Tokyo, Osaka, London, Berlin, the Basque Country in Spain, and Bulgaria, while also holding regular solo exhibitions.

For his paintings, he has expanded his focus from frontal to peripheral aspects, developing his method of painting colors on each of the four sides of the canvas so it reflects on the white walls, giving the effect of a physical extension from the front. As such, he applied the theory of painting, step by step, to expand his art beyond the framework of the canvas. In his solo exhibition, “Turbidity”, held in 2022 at Yoshimi Arts, Kohrogi applied the same methodology to reveal a similar effect to that of paintings in the entire gallery space.

Also, in the “KYOTO STEAM 2022 International Art Competition” (Higashiyama Cube, Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art), held from January to February 2022 in Kyoto, he presented a work that changes over time. Using the measurement technology of Horiba Ltd. to conduct a componential analysis, numeric data and images were extracted and projected onto artworks, drawn with either polarized, gloss-finished paints or matte-finished paints. Through collaborations with various companies, Kohrogi is attempting to further expand his paintings.

In this exhibition, we will present the artist’s new oil paintings, with themes of “fragrance” and “sense of smell”, and centering around his new works. This includes works created for the concept imagery of perfume bottle labels as part of a collaborative project with MAISON LEXIA Inc., as well as glass bottles Kohrogi created by himself to introduce his new endeavor. These works will invite you to engage with the exhibition, appealing to your visual and olfactory perception.

image|/ 105 2024 oil on canvas 1000×803mm(F40)



Yugo Kohrogi >>
1982 Born in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
2007 Graduated from Fine Arts Department, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
2009 Completed Printmaking Course, Fine Arts Department in Graduate School, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
  Education research assistant at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (-2012)
2013 Lived and worked in London (by The 6th Shuou Fund Scholarship Award)
2015 Part-time teacher at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
2017 Lived and worked in London (by Grant for overseas training, Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation)
2018 Lived and worked in Spain and Bulgaria (Artist in Residence Program)
2019 Lived and worked at Art Village Shirakino in Minami-Shimabara City, Nagasaki (Artist in Residence Program)
2020- Lived and worked in Mie, Fukuoka, and Saitama (Artist in Residence Program) etc.
Solo Exhibition
2023 "X" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo) 
2022 "Turbidity" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
  "≡" (Gallery NEXT, Takashimaya Osaka Store/Osaka)
2021 "YOU" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
2020 "ORDINARY" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  "EYE" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
2019 "Roots" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
2018 “Stratified” (FR2 Gallery 2/Tokyo)
  ”Across the Night” (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  "Under the Skin" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
2017 "HIVE" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  "Yugo Kohrogi 2012-2016" (Yoshimi Arts/Oska) >>
2016 "Portrait" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  "Pond" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
2015 "Dark Adaptation" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  "Drawings 2011-2015" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
2014 "/" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
  "Hopskotch" (CASHI/Tokyo)
2011 "boiling point" (CASHI/Tokyo)
2010 "Sparkler" (Gallery Art Composition/Tokyo)
2009 "body nude / body" (Gallery Art Composition/Tokyo)
  "melting point" (CASHI/Tokyo)
Group Exhibition
2024 ”Yugo Kohrogi / Sei Shibusawa” (Setouchi City Museum of Art/Okayama)
2023 ”Insight 29 "From The 80s” (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
  ”VOCA2023 -The Vision of Contemporary Art” (The Ueno Royal Museum/Tokyo)
  ”Chikugo AIR Program 2022 Results Exhibition” (Kyusyu Geibun-kan/Fukuoka, Arts Chiyoda 3331/Tokyo)
2022 ”ARTIST TRANSFER in Hiroshima” (ART GALLERY miyauchi/Hiroshima)
  KYOTO STEAM 2022 International Art Competition (Higashiyama Cube, Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art)
2020 "Decade vol.1" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
  "Online / Contactless" (Yoshimi Arts, the three konohana website) >>
  "Premonition of Beauty 2020" (Takashimaya Art Gallery/Nihombashi, Kyoto, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Shinjuku)
2019 "Yugo Kohrogi, Yuki Nagashima" (Canalside Gallery, Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum/Nagasaki)
  "Shirakino Artist in Residence, Exhibition 2019-1" (Art Village Shirakino/ Minamishimabara)
  “Yugo Kohrogi, Lisa Kohno” (Tenchonokura/Kumamoto)
  “Wooden sculpture, Oil painting, Japanese painting and Drawing “ (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  “Syuou Prize 10 years" (Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art/Okayama)
  “Forest of the Art Education” (The University of the Arts/Tokyo)
2018 "Art Show" (World of Co x Seemeon 29/Sofia)
  ”Kosuke Ikeshima Yugo Kohrogi” (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  “Insight 20” (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
  "drawing/collage" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
  "Takahashi Collection - Face and Abstraction"(Kiyoharu Art Colony/Yamanashi)
2017 "Insight 19" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
  "Night and Day" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  "Group Show VIII" (CASHI/Tokyo)
  "September Flower" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
2016 "Space,Art&Human Body" (The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts/Tokyo)
  "Naked Men 1876-2016" (Gallery Naruyama/Tokyo)
  "Insight 16 "melting"" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
2015 "Body" (CASHI/Tokyo)
  "5th Anniversary Festival !!" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) >>
  "Viewpoint of three art" (Art Gallery, Daimaru Sapporo store/Sapporo)
2013 "Figurative Abstraction" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
  Insight 8 "Figurative" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
2012 "Physical side II" "Yoshimi Arts/Osaka"
2011 "Summer Arts Festival - MITSUKOSHI × Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music-" (Nihombashi Mitsukoshi/Tokyo)
  "Group Show IV" (CASHI/Tokyo)
  "Tradition, Contemporary, Generation" Drawing Exhibition (The University Art Museum-Tokyo University of the Arts-/Tokyo)
2010 "Group Show II" (CASHI/Tokyo)
  "Self Portrait - Others as Myself" (Takahashi Collection Hibiya/Tokyo)
  "Lost Generation" (Bunkamura Gallery/Tokyo)
  "HANGA's Color" (Bunpoudou Gallery/Tokyo)
  Straight grass" (CASHI/Tokyo)
2009 "Group Show Ⅰ" (CASHI/Tokyo)
  "Tokyo National University Prints Collection" (EYE OF GYRE/Tokyo)
2008 UTM "Tradition and the present age" (Asakusa Public Hall/Tokyo) 
  "umsteigen" (Austrian Embassy/Tokyo)
  "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (CASHI/Tokyo)
  "Tokyo Wonder Wall 2008" (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo/Tokyo)
2007 UTM "Tradition and the present age" (Sakamoto elementary school/Tokyo)
  "CROSS BORDERS" (Silpakorn University/Thailand)
Takahashi Ryutaro Collection, Tokyo University Art Museum,Tokyo University of the Art, Minamishimabara City
2017 Grant for overseas training, Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation
2014 Excellence Award of Terrada Art Award
2012 The 6th Shuou Fund Scholarship Award
2010 HOLBEIN Scholarship
2008 Tokyo Wonder Wall, Selected
  Tokyo Wonder Seeds, Selected

* : tentative translation